With faith comes peace

Published 9:44 pm Wednesday, June 17, 2009

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore” (Psalm 121:1-8).

Thought for the week: “When it seems like there should be a time life slows down and stress decline, and yet each day is one more test for us to strive to do our best. So when we live in times like these, it’s hard to enjoy God’s world…His trees, the mighty roots that let us know we have strong earth on which to grow. Why do we run and down it to fear? Because it is hard to see things clear. Oh, wonder of this time and place the human beings try to run the race, and run they do, without a doubt…not letting stress and turmoil out. But in the test an unknown part that some call wisdom… some call heart. Whichever it be, our lesson lies to just sit calm and open our eyes. It takes sometime for us to know. With faith comes peace…we, too, can grow.”

“All things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23).

Union Baptist Church in Clanton will celebrate its Father’s Day celebration Sunday, June 21 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Melvin Hunter is pastor. All churches are invited.

Morning Star Baptist Church in Clanton will host the Alabama Southern Regional Meeting on Friday, June 19 at 6 p.m. Dr. John W. Boyd Jr., president of the National Black Farmers, and black farmers from across the U.S. will discuss the government’s failure to pay all black farmers. Everyone is asked to attend. For more information contact Evangelist Robert Binion at 280-2634.

Worship services at Holly Grove Baptist Church in Jemison began with a praise service led by the senior choir with songs, scripture and prayer. Songs sung included, “Leaning On Jesus,” “Oh What He Has Done For Me” and “Lord We Need You Right Now.” The scripture was read by Willie Nunn with prayer by Pastor Dukes, Bro. George Brown and Kevin Nunn.

The morning message was given by Pastor Dukes. His theme: “Talking Out Enemies Today.” Don’t be upset over wrong. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Wrong is everywhere; we all come short of the glory of God. David gives us encouraging thoughts on how God is running his business. God can be trusted; don’t fret about evildoers, and don’t envy them. They need to get right with God.

You must trust God and do good. Delight thyself in the Lord, enjoy his blessing but don’t ignore the source of the blessing. Commit your ways to him, give him your burdens, and cast everything on him. Give it all to God. Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him. The Lord understands your situation; don’t fear. The wicked plot against you but God laughs because he knows the end. God up holds the righteous; he will deal with the evildoers. He is always in control.

You are smarter than the devil when you are in Christ. God blesses his people. God supplies his children because he loves you. The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. Don’t get caught up in them; don’t play with snakes in your life. You have to stand before the high judge who is God. They will be cut off. So fret not thyself about evildoers; God is in charge.

The service concluded with remarks and benediction led by Pastor Dukes

On our sick list this week we ask you to remember in your prayers: Linda Clay, Leila King, Joseph McCall, Sam and Vivian Hicks, Flora B. Franklin, Lee Anna Worthey, Joe Frank Allison, Queen Worthey, Bubba Rogers, William White, Rebecca Johnson Roberts and Pinkie Nix. May God heal, strengthen and keep them in His care is our prayer.